, the race for governor of maryland, because bob ehrlich, who was governor of maryland and chose michael steele to be his running mate, is going to be pilloried because michael steele is being attacked a republican in shoe leather, including charles krauthammer. this the kind of judgment you have, to pick up michael steele? >> it does not help barack obama. his bold, is still -- his poll numbers still stink. >> republicans should be triumphant and michael still has the back on their heels. people said, oh, he is great on message. that is not how it turned out. we have gone back and forth on this call. right now, "politico" is saying that republicans are more likely than not to pick up the house. we change that this week, and michael steele is hurting their fundraising. >> this is the year or republicans have everything at their backs. the economy, and discontent with obama, the gulf oil spill, everything. they keep stepping on each. they have michael steele, they have john boehner comparing the financial crisis tho an ant and the congressman whose name escapes me -- >> joe barton prepar.